Stephen F. “Steve” Hoenigmann, 56, of Millsboro, Del., passed away Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del.
Hoenigmann graduated from Thomas McKean High School in Wilmington in 1971 and served on the U.S.S. Jesse L. Brown. In 1975, he moved to Millsboro, where he started his career as a reporter and editor for the Sussex Post. His career also included stints with the Daily Whale and Delaware Wave.
Hoenigmann was a founding employee of the Cape Gazette. He worked as an outdoors columnist and award-winning production and Web editor for the Cape Gazette.
“Steve was a dedicated journalist and editor,” said Gazette Publisher Dennis Forney. “He had an innate talent for designing interesting pages with a special eye for pleasing balance between stories, headlines and photographs. His good humor and love for community journalism were always appreciated and will be missed.”
Hoenigmann was a former member of the Sussex Family YMCA board and former member of the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce; he was an avid surf-fisherman and golfer.
In addition to his mother, June (Hoffman) Hoenigmann, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Joella M. Hoenigmann. Along with his father, William F. Hoenigmann, he is also survived by his brother, Marty F. Hoenigmann of Newark, and David Hoenigmann of Eau Claire, Wis., and Michelle Gayheart of Delaware City; and stepsisters, Catherine Holter of Liberty, Pa., Margaret Calvert of Hollidaysburg, Pa., and Barbara Maguire of Wausau, Wis.
All services were to be private, with entombment at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963; or to Delaware SPCA, Sussex County Shelter, 22918 Dupont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.